Katherine Heigl Says Isaiah Washington Apologized, Thanked Her After Incident

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In perhaps the greatest proof yet that his behavior was out of character, Katherine Heigl says Isaiah Washington apologized to her - and thanked her - on the set of Grey's Anatomy after she denounced his use of a gay slur.

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"Isaiah thanked me, which I didn't understand," the 28-year-old actress tells Entertainment Weekly. "He was almost grateful. I don't know Isaiah well, but he takes his work seriously and he loves his character."

Isaiah Washington came under fire for using the epithet at the Golden Globe Awards in January while denying he'd used it previously against fellow Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight.

Heigl, who plays outspoken Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hit ABC medical drama, was "furious and frustrated" at the time, so she leapt to Knight's defense.

"He made a big mistake, and it was thoughtless and boneheaded, and I think he's very sorry and embarrassed," she says in the magazine's Friday issue.

"This is something that will have changed the scope of his life."

Washington has truly made the best out of a bad situation, filming a public service announcement on behalf of gay rights groups GLAAD and GLSEN.

Heigl, who stars in the new Judd Apatow-directed comedy Knocked Up, which opens today, speaks out in the interview, too, about her protracted contract negotiations with ABC.

The bottom line, Katherine Heigl says, is that she wants the same respect they're showing the series' other talented actors.

And she says she doesn't like the label that seems to go along with a woman who stands up for what she wants.

"In this town, women who don't just snap and say, 'Okay, yessir, yes ma'am,' start to get a reputation for being difficult," Katherine Heigl says.

"But within the last five years, I've decided it's not worth it to me to be pushed around so much."

Heigl, who calls The Notebook one of her "all-time favorite movies," says she'd rather laugh than get too serious when it comes to movie roles.

"I just want to play happy people," she says.

"I'm a commercial kind of gal, and yeah, I would love to do a Monster, but I don't have any grand aspirations to do my Academy Award-winning movie. I love Kate Winslet, but I know I couldn't have her career."

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When George and Ms. Burke speak on the second epidsoe of this season (four), it is like T.R. Knight (or the writers) have a message for Isaiah. I need to watch it again but it seems FULL of double meanings. I will miss Dr. Burke. And I hate homophobia. Hey, good drama is all about the conflict!!!


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Katherine, I think you COULD have Kate Winslet's type of career. I think you're a real talent. A joy to watch on screen. Have a great summer. Can't wait for your next film.


Actually EP said she was in the kitchen and heard it all and said that she knew how bad it would get and be blown up in the media...however she's said nothing further!! KH just needs to be quiet..it wasn't about her so shush up and leave it alone, she's really starting to annoy me with it all as well!


I am tired of what Katherine has to say. I'm tired of the "Izzy" character. It seems to me that she is too busy worried about Isaiah. T. R. Knight is grown man, he can take up for himself.


@ Burke...It would help who are referring to when posting. I'm truly sorry on the "misquoting" part since I thought you were quoting me, but it would help for communication purposes when you address you are referring too. True, but we all interprets things and voice our interpretations. Whether it be about a fictional storyline or about a serious issue. And I still stand by what I said. Heigl does say it like it is to the best degree she can. It is still her intrepretation, but I don't view her in a negative way. In fact I don't view anyone in a negative way. I see the good in people. Actually, on Ellen she did say she was there. She said she was on the stairs reading her lines, but she was off to the side and heard it. T.R. was off around the corner, and he heard it too. The one person who was questioned first about the whole matter was Kate Walsh, and she clearly stated she wasn't on set. I think you might be confusing the two Katherines, but I clearly remembered Heigl saying she was on the stairs going over her lines because that's how we knew the incident took place in "Where The Boy's Are?". See, I don't go to the writer's blog like I use because I don't like that it is not moderated. In fact I wish was moderated far better, and I wish this board(no offense to the people who run it) would have better moderation because there are spammers. IMO I think T.R. has a right to be pissed. Out of everyone he was hurt the most. It's great to hear Patrick, James, Katherine Heigl, and etc. move on but this isn't something one gets over quickly just like that. It really changed a lot of things in the media, how one talks to someone, and etc. It's going to take some time. I can't speak for Hmmm2, but the internet is far and wide. I too do not see many Isaiah supporters. In fact, I wish the internet fanbases could just get along for once because it seems the cast is thriving to do that. To say hey Isaiah got his consequences he deserved(not to sound harsh as intended but in any occupation he could have been easily fired for his comment by lawa) and he made a mistake, but we still want him back. I just wish people would just stop hating cast members period, and not have to microanaylze every quote one speaks. Which IMO leads to a lot of miscommunication and misinterpretation. Sadly, I don't see that ever happening, but one thing that doesn't help is the writers/ABC exploiting the whole matter for storyline/rating reasons.


The majority of posts on the writer's blog and on other websites now are supportive of Isaiah. There are still some who feel that what he said was so egregious as to be unforgiveable, but the majority understand it was a mistake spoken in anger and something he was and is sorry for and for which he is trying his best to make amends. I am very grateful that James Pickens, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, and Patrick Dempsey have all spoken out on his behalf. Now even Katherine Heigl has gone on record saying that he apologized and she hopes he stays on the show. I still think it would go a long way if TR could get over himself long enough to accept Isaiah's apology so that everyone could move on. Instead he holds on to his hurt and his "poor me" persona making it easier for the haters to hate. There are many, many supporters of Isaiah, Hummmm2. In fact there is a whole message board of Bang supporters that number over a thousand who support Isaiah. Rather than trying to defend Isaiah for something that should no longer need defending, they are raising money for Isaiah's work in Sierra Leone. Just because there are some with a pro gay agenda who like to spam the message boards spewing their hatefulness or some members of the pro gay Hollywood press who are trying to gain readership on the back of Isaiah's blunder at the Golden Globes does not mean that Isaiah does not have many fans. The vocal people who do not want him to return are in the minority and I find them pathetic. These are people whose hateful comments towards Isaiah are far worse than anything Isaiah ever said that unintentionally hurt TR Knight's feelings. These people very intentionally crucify Isaiah for a word overheard that was said in the heat of an argument with someone else and with no intention of TR hearing or taking offense. They call him every name imaginable but cannot accept his apology for referring to his castmate by a derrogatory name. I find that somewhat ironic. Forgiveness is at least as important as respect. That is a lesson that they have yet to learn.


To hmmmm. I was referring to this post: "some kind of miracle" wasnt one of the top rated episodes it was the highest…27 million. amazing. this years finale only got 22 million…therefore we need denny to step away from the light! when I asked if this poster really thought the main reason people tuned in was because of the Izzie/Denny storyline. I do not believe I was misquoting. In fact I wasn't quoting at all. I asked if the person really thought the majority of people tuned in for Izzie/Denny in that top rated episode. Were you misquoting me? I don't know who you are "quoting" that do not believe Isaiah really knows what he did wrong. Certainly you are not quoting Isaiah nor anyone else that knows this actor. He has been beaten over the head for seven months for a word. Yes, KH was nominated for a Golden Globe nomination, but who won the Golden Globe? It wasn't KH. I would also like to make one additional correction, if you don't mind, to your post. You say that KH says it like it is. I don't think that is true. On Ellen the day after the incident, she said she wasn't there. She says it like she thinks it is. She says it like she interprets it. Or, in my opinoin, she says it like she thinks she should to get the most publicity and most public support. I don't think you can say in all honesty that she says it like it is.


It has turned into hate, and that's the sad thing about all of this. So much hate (which apparently makes them think they are so much better) to the point that they want to see him lose his job, and it doesn't matter if his family suffers. That's the most disturbing thing to me.


Well, I'm not saying they aren't any. I just sadly I see only very few who voice that. While castmembers want Isaiah back(Katherine, Patrick, James. and etc the ones that talk) some people(the most vocal people if you know what I mean) don't want him to return. I find it quite sad and can't let go of a grudge. While everyone else on the cast is thriving to move on and letting go, and are telling the public that. What's the phrase....it's easier to hate than it is to love. I know I probably said it wrong, but when I see people hate. Whether is be over a ficitional thing such as a character/ship to something so serious people can easily turn to anger and grudgeful. I find that quite sad, but not surprising considering the world we live in. I'm proud of the GA showing and telling us they are moving on and want everyone back for next season. I would hope some of the internet fanbase would feel the same, but alas anger leads one to easily.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.